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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:45 PM

Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final

Source: USA Today

England saw its best chance of ending several generationsí worth of World Cup pain slip away on Wednesday night, as Croatia fought back for a 2-1 win in extra time, securing a spot against France in Sundayís final.

England had not been to a semifinal since 1990, and not reached the title game since it won soccerís greatest prize for the only time back in 1966. This, for much of a wild and rugged evening at Luzhniki Stadium, looked like the time. Until it wasnít.

Croatia was one of the most impressive teams of the group stage before surviving two penalty shootouts to reach this point. Its technical ability and fierce resiliency allowed it to capitalize on Englandís nervous lapses when victory was in sight.

Mario Mandzukic got the winner in injury time to put Croatia, with previously a tournament-best semifinal in 1998 to its name, one game away from winning it all.


Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/worldcup/2018/07/11/croatia-england-mario-mandzukic-world-cup-semifinals/776569002/



It's Croatia vs. France.

All the Best to both teams.

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Reply Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final (Original post)
sandensea Jul 2018 OP
stevil Jul 2018 #1
Wwcd Jul 2018 #2
dhill926 Jul 2018 #5
Wwcd Jul 2018 #6
Snellius Jul 2018 #3
TygrBright Jul 2018 #4
SunSeeker Jul 2018 #7
SergeStorms Jul 2018 #9
SergeStorms Jul 2018 #8
Nailzberg Jul 2018 #10

Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:54 PM

1. I'm a hardcore England fan (I was born in Canada)

Congrats to Croatia. Great to see some new teams in the final. Wish Senegal was in it, I have lots of friends from there.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:57 PM

2. Hey England ..please take the emotion of this loss out on Trump's visit! PROTESTORS WANTED

 

Trafalgar Square, London.

Be there!

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Response to Wwcd (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:12 PM

5. beat me to it...

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:18 PM

6. Yup. Please UK, just go in the fun!

 




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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:57 PM

3. Hated to see England go down but Croatia really earned their win. Great comeback.

Hope they go all the way.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 03:58 PM

4. Gonna be a LOTTA cranky Brits with time in their hands....

...gee, wonder what they could do with it?

provocatively,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:27 PM

7. LOL

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:45 PM

9. Yeah.....it's all Trump's fault!

Donald Trump was behind the loss the entire way!

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:43 PM

8. Tough luck for the Brits.

I was pulling for them, but Croatia deserved the win. Those two Brit defenders must have had simultaneous brain-farts to allow Mandzukic to get behind them like that.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 04:45 PM

10. I had no dog in the fight, but Croatia has been so exciting to watch.

The overtimes. The shoot-outs. How they find an equalizer or winning goal at the most dramatic possible moment. These Croatia matches have been my favorite of the WC.

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